All set! Evidence of simultaneous attentional control settings for multiple target colors

Irons, Jessica L., Folk, Charles L. and Remington, Roger W. (2012) All set! Evidence of simultaneous attentional control settings for multiple target colors. Journal of Experimental Psychology-Human Perception and Performance, 38 3: 758-775. doi:10.1037/a0026578

Author Irons, Jessica L.
Folk, Charles L.
Remington, Roger W.
Title All set! Evidence of simultaneous attentional control settings for multiple target colors
Journal name Journal of Experimental Psychology-Human Perception and Performance   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0096-1523
Publication date 2012-06
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0026578
Volume 38
Issue 3
Start page 758
End page 775
Total pages 18
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Although models of visual search have often assumed that attention can only be set for a single feature or property at a time, recent studies have suggested that it may be possible to maintain more than one attentional control setting. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether spatial attention could be guided by multiple attentional control settings for color. In a standard spatial cueing task, participants searched for either of two colored targets accompanied by an irrelevantly colored distractor. Across five experiments, results consistently showed that nonpredictive cues matching either target color produced a significant spatial cueing effect, while irrelevantly colored cues did not. This was the case even when the target colors could not be linearly separated from irrelevantly cue colors in color space, suggesting that participants were not simply adopting one general color set that included both target colors. The results could not be explained by intertrial priming by previous targets, nor could they be explained by a single inhibitory set for the distractor color. Overall, the results are most consistent with the maintenance of multiple attentional control settings.
Keyword Attention
Attentional control settings
Spatial cueing
Contingent capture
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Online first: December 26 2011.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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